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Campisi's: Not actually Egyptian food.
Campisi's: Not actually Egyptian food.
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16 Iconic Pizzerias Across the Metroplex

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Campisi's: Not actually Egyptian food.
| Photo: Campisi's/Facebook

Pizza is a very personal thing: One person's perfectly charred, chewy Neapolitan is another person's burnt, soggy nightmare. With that in mind, we've rounded up 16 pizzerias that paint a clear picture of the DFW pizza scene — several represent the mid-2000s Dallas pizza renaissance while others go way back to the 1940s, but all of them enjoy a loyal following. (Do note that the pizzerias aren't ranked by level of sheer awesomeness, but rather listed alphabetically.)

— Whitney Filloon & Malcolm Mayhew

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Campisi's Egyptian Lounge

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The Campisi's sign has been puzzling passers-by for decades; no, the 67-year-old restaurant doesn't serve Egyptian food, but rather thin, crackery-crusted oblong pizzas. The family now has several locations across DFW, but this is the only one where Jack Ruby reportedly used to hang out.

Cane Rosso

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The now-legendary Cane Rosso opened its first Deep Ellum location in 2011, but by then Jay Jerrier's Neapolitan venture had already been making waves for a couple years with its mobile oven. It's now got three locations and the VPN-certified pies are as good as ever.

Cavalli

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An Irving strip mall might not be where you'd expect to find authentic VPN-certified pizza, but Cavalli's been doing exactly that since 2008. The Neapolitan-style pies possess that characteristic charred, chewy character, and a BYOB policy makes it wallet-friendly.

Chicago's Finest Pizza

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Real Chicago-style deep dish is mighty hard to find in DFW, but Chi-town expats and other loyal fans of the gut-busting pies know that pizza ecstasy can be found at Plano's Chicago's Finest. What it lacks in seating, it makes up for in authenticity (there's also Chicago-style thin crust, if that's what you're into).

Coal Vines

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Former NYC police officer Joseph Palladino launched this cozy pizzeria-slash-wine bar in Uptown back in 2006, and its coal-burning oven churns out nicely charred, crispy-chewy pies including a very unique Bolognese version. The concept has since been licensed out to locations in Plano, Houston, Austin and beyond, but the original remains the best. [Photo: Jessica S./Foursquare]

Covino's

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This charming little family-owned hole in the wall has been serving loyal regulars since 1990, and Planoites continue to pack the house for great New York-style pizza and other Italian favorites. Don't forget to BYOB (and save room for a slice of the amazing cheesecake).

Eno's Pizza Tavern

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Oak Cliff used to be a bit of a pizza wasteland. Eno's opened in 2008 to provide Bishop Arts with some much-needed quality pizza, and since then it's amassed a large and loyal following for its crackery-crusted pies and excellent craft beer selection.

Fireside Pies

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Tristan Simon's endlessly popular pizzeria celebrates a decade on Henderson Avenue this year, and if the constantly packed house is any indicator, it continues to gain steam with its crispy, puffy-crusted pies. The empire now includes five locations; the pepperoni with truffle oil is a favorite.

Grimaldi's

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While it certainly lacks the gritty charm of the legendary Brooklyn pizzeria that spawned this chain, the West Village outpost of Grimaldi's that opened in 2007 is still a good place to get a New York-style pie. The garlicky white pizza is a favorite.

J&J's Pizza

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J&J has been rocking Denton for 12 years now with generously-sized slices and $2 cans of Schlitz. The Italian-owned joint on the Square is an official venue of music festival 35 Denton, but you can catch a band in the self-professed "old dirty basement" even when it's not festival season. (Be advised: As the website states, J&J's is "closed Sunday for spiritual healing.")

Louie's

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Beloved Henderson Avenue dive Louie's specializes in extra-crispy, wafer-thin crust pies and some of the best damn Caesar salad around. Sure, the service staff can be a little salty -- but it's all part of the charm.

Mama's Pizza

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This Fort Worth chain has been expanding lately, but the store on Berry (which opened way back in 1972) remains the best, with its Ms. Pac Man arcade game, walls of TCU memorabilia, ceiling tiles made of stained glass and absolutely killer thick-crust pies, which many argue are the best in the city.

My Family's Pizza

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Formerly Pizza by Marco, this 57-year-old chain was forced to change its name recently due to a trademark dispute. The location in Preston Royal Village is the oldest pizzeria in Dallas and continues to serve thin and crispy-crusted pies to legions of loyal fans, along with some new innovations like vegan sausage and Dublin Bottling Works pure cane sugar sodas. [Photo: Andy V./Foursquare]

Olivella's

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Pizza obsessive Charlie Green was tired of trekking to NYC for a pizza fix, so he imported a pizzaiolo from Naples and opened Olivella's near SMU back in 2007. The tiny pizzeria utilizes a wood-burning oven to churn out thin-crust pies loaded up with San Marzano tomato sauce and bufala mozzarella, and has since added two more locations in Victory Park and Lakewood to serve its loyal customers.

Parton's Pizza

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No other pizza joint in North Texas is quite like this funhouse timewarp pizza dive on Fort Worth's west side. Booths are sparkly red. That's real wood paneling on the walls. The TV doesn't work. And don't ask if they have thick crust; here, thin crust rules, as it has since the place opened -- and apparently froze in time -- in '68. Must-get: bacon, tomato and ranch pie (hey, Cane Rosso, send your ranch lovers here!), crispy, hot tater tots and a bowl of chocolate pudding.

Sal's Pizza

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Sal is a true New York pizza guy who relocated to Dallas in 1982, and he's been slinging NY-style pies at Wycliff and the Tollway ever since; even a fire in late 2012 couldn't put him out of commission for long. (Sal's now has locations in Las Colinas and Plano, too.)

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Campisi's Egyptian Lounge

The Campisi's sign has been puzzling passers-by for decades; no, the 67-year-old restaurant doesn't serve Egyptian food, but rather thin, crackery-crusted oblong pizzas. The family now has several locations across DFW, but this is the only one where Jack Ruby reportedly used to hang out.

Cane Rosso

The now-legendary Cane Rosso opened its first Deep Ellum location in 2011, but by then Jay Jerrier's Neapolitan venture had already been making waves for a couple years with its mobile oven. It's now got three locations and the VPN-certified pies are as good as ever.

Cavalli

An Irving strip mall might not be where you'd expect to find authentic VPN-certified pizza, but Cavalli's been doing exactly that since 2008. The Neapolitan-style pies possess that characteristic charred, chewy character, and a BYOB policy makes it wallet-friendly.

Chicago's Finest Pizza

Real Chicago-style deep dish is mighty hard to find in DFW, but Chi-town expats and other loyal fans of the gut-busting pies know that pizza ecstasy can be found at Plano's Chicago's Finest. What it lacks in seating, it makes up for in authenticity (there's also Chicago-style thin crust, if that's what you're into).

Coal Vines

Former NYC police officer Joseph Palladino launched this cozy pizzeria-slash-wine bar in Uptown back in 2006, and its coal-burning oven churns out nicely charred, crispy-chewy pies including a very unique Bolognese version. The concept has since been licensed out to locations in Plano, Houston, Austin and beyond, but the original remains the best. [Photo: Jessica S./Foursquare]

Covino's

This charming little family-owned hole in the wall has been serving loyal regulars since 1990, and Planoites continue to pack the house for great New York-style pizza and other Italian favorites. Don't forget to BYOB (and save room for a slice of the amazing cheesecake).

Eno's Pizza Tavern

Oak Cliff used to be a bit of a pizza wasteland. Eno's opened in 2008 to provide Bishop Arts with some much-needed quality pizza, and since then it's amassed a large and loyal following for its crackery-crusted pies and excellent craft beer selection.

Fireside Pies

Tristan Simon's endlessly popular pizzeria celebrates a decade on Henderson Avenue this year, and if the constantly packed house is any indicator, it continues to gain steam with its crispy, puffy-crusted pies. The empire now includes five locations; the pepperoni with truffle oil is a favorite.

Grimaldi's

While it certainly lacks the gritty charm of the legendary Brooklyn pizzeria that spawned this chain, the West Village outpost of Grimaldi's that opened in 2007 is still a good place to get a New York-style pie. The garlicky white pizza is a favorite.

J&J's Pizza

J&J has been rocking Denton for 12 years now with generously-sized slices and $2 cans of Schlitz. The Italian-owned joint on the Square is an official venue of music festival 35 Denton, but you can catch a band in the self-professed "old dirty basement" even when it's not festival season. (Be advised: As the website states, J&J's is "closed Sunday for spiritual healing.")

Louie's

Beloved Henderson Avenue dive Louie's specializes in extra-crispy, wafer-thin crust pies and some of the best damn Caesar salad around. Sure, the service staff can be a little salty -- but it's all part of the charm.

Mama's Pizza

This Fort Worth chain has been expanding lately, but the store on Berry (which opened way back in 1972) remains the best, with its Ms. Pac Man arcade game, walls of TCU memorabilia, ceiling tiles made of stained glass and absolutely killer thick-crust pies, which many argue are the best in the city.

My Family's Pizza

Formerly Pizza by Marco, this 57-year-old chain was forced to change its name recently due to a trademark dispute. The location in Preston Royal Village is the oldest pizzeria in Dallas and continues to serve thin and crispy-crusted pies to legions of loyal fans, along with some new innovations like vegan sausage and Dublin Bottling Works pure cane sugar sodas. [Photo: Andy V./Foursquare]

Olivella's

Pizza obsessive Charlie Green was tired of trekking to NYC for a pizza fix, so he imported a pizzaiolo from Naples and opened Olivella's near SMU back in 2007. The tiny pizzeria utilizes a wood-burning oven to churn out thin-crust pies loaded up with San Marzano tomato sauce and bufala mozzarella, and has since added two more locations in Victory Park and Lakewood to serve its loyal customers.

Parton's Pizza

No other pizza joint in North Texas is quite like this funhouse timewarp pizza dive on Fort Worth's west side. Booths are sparkly red. That's real wood paneling on the walls. The TV doesn't work. And don't ask if they have thick crust; here, thin crust rules, as it has since the place opened -- and apparently froze in time -- in '68. Must-get: bacon, tomato and ranch pie (hey, Cane Rosso, send your ranch lovers here!), crispy, hot tater tots and a bowl of chocolate pudding.